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Coronavirus: What's going on? Malcolm Saas

The world is buzzing over a new outbreak of a sickness called Coronavirus. At the time of this article, there are 5 confirmed reports in the U.S. The virus originated in China and so far about 6,000 people have come down with Coronavirus. But will this deadly superbug become a worldwide problem? Teachers at WKHS share their input.

Mrs. Haverkamp, a history teacher here at WKHS responded with her thoughts on the new virus. “I don't think that the coronavirus will kill as many people, I feel this way because now we know a lot more about how diseases are spread and how viruses work in our bodies,” she said. She also gave us some tips on how we can stop it from spreading if it ever gets bad. “Like any virus, sick people need to stay away from well people to stop it from spreading! I know that that seems very basic, but that would work; however, in a world where international travel is very common, it may be hard to completely contain”.

Picture of Coronavirus cell

Another teacher, who is in the science department, Mrs. Fushimi, is also optimistic that the virus will not become a big deal. “The WHO and the CDC both have experience with outbreaks of contagious diseases so I am hopeful that they will have a plan in place to contain the spread of the virus” she said. “China and other countries are restricting travel, which I think is smart. However, people who are infected but asymptomatic may travel not knowing they harbor the virus”.

Teachers at WKHS seem to have high hopes for containment of this virus and don’t seem to be worried at all about getting infected. We’ll see what happens as this story keeps developing.

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